Modern computers are almost unlimited in memory, but still sometimes we have to store additional documents, archives or photos. So the need for external hard drives is quite understandable. We will tell you today how to choose a hard drive.
The first and, probably, the most important thing that can be in a disk is its amount of memory. It makes no sense to spend money on a device that is not enough to backup all data, or even the entire system.
To begin with, if you are looking for a device that is suitable for storing and transferring small files between other devices, then a regular mid-range flash drive is fine for you. Do not be surprised, because this is also a drive.
Moreover, flash drives come in 1TB or more, but most likely, a 64 GB flash drive will be more than enough for you.
And if you want more from a hard drive, for example, long-term storage of large documents, then you should choose a large device, 1TB or 2TB is usually enough. An exception is the creation of a full backup of a large library of files. This may be useful for photographers with originals, cameramen, etc. Such professionals may need a 5TB drive.
We already know that there are SSD and HDD drives, and they differ in data transfer speed. It is immediately obvious that if you are constantly dealing with a transfer, then you will definitely need high speed. You’ll be better off with an SSD, even though it’s more expensive, and SSDs are often smaller. HDDs are good for large files, but loading takes longer.
And that’s not all, because not only the type of disk, but also the type of input is responsible for the speed of information processing.
USB 2.0 is already an obsolete standard, so it won’t work for large and frequent downloads.
USB 3.0 is about 5 Gb/s faster, USB 3.1 is 10 Gb/s faster.
These are not all connection types, the largest is the Thunderbolt 3 port, which gives a speed of 40 Gb / s.
The larger the hard drive, the heavier it will be. More modern devices are, of course, noticeably lighter in weight. So, if you plan on using the drive frequently, you’ll want maximum portability for continuous use. In this case, it is better to choose the newest device possible, and at the same time, check the presence of a case — it can be very useful in order to protect the drive from drops and bumps. This can damage the memory and cause interruptions in performance.
SSD is much lighter than HDD, plus, such drives are not so afraid of falls. This is reason enough to choose them.
Toshiba USB 3.0 500 GB is a fairly versatile HDD format hard drive. It is relatively small, weighs 235g, rotates at 5400 rpm, and the interface that the drive supports is USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. Such a disk is perfect for slightly expanding the memory of a laptop and transferring movies or documents. It is convenient to take with you and connect as needed. The write speed is 106 Mb/s and the read speed is 112 Mb/s. The disc is not very fast, but very versatile and budget-friendly.
WD Original USB 3.0 2Tb is a more capacious hard drive, also HDD format. It is suitable for more serious documents or laptop backups. With a capacity of 2 TB and support for USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, it will not be super fast, but it will be enough for storing large files. Plus, it weighs relatively little at 230g, making it highly portable. The disc measures 2.5 inches, so it fits in your bag without taking up much space.
LaCie STHK500800 is a 500 GB SSD hard drive. It contains less information than WD, but costs more. The reason for this, of course, is the format and data transfer rate. 540 Mb/s will allow you to quickly transfer data to and from the disk. You can watch movies or work directly from it. The case is made of metal, but it is reliably protected from drops and shocks. This disk is the most secure for storing any data and allows you to set up automatic backups of various types of documents.